Sunday Moments

May 24, 2020


Gathering Song

Michael W Smith: Open the Eyes of My Heart

Open the Eyes of My Heart

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord,
Open the eyes of my heart,
I want to see You, I want to see You. (2x)
To see You high and lifted up,
Shining in the light of Your glory.
Pour out Your power and love,
As we sing holy, holy, holy…
Holy, holy, holy…Holy, holy, holy
Holy, holy, holy, I want to see You.
Paul Baloche © 1997 Integrity’s Hosanna!Music CCLI 383771

Easter Greeting*

Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
Christ is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

Prayer of the Day*

Let us pray.

Almighty God, your blessed Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things. Mercifully give us faith to trust that, as he promised, he abides with us on earth to the end of time, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Gospel: Luke 24:44-53

[Jesus said,] “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then Jesus opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
Then Jesus led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God.

Thought for the Day


Thursday the church celebrated Ascension Day, one of those tricky and hard to understand events in our church history. Like the disciples, we can begin to understand who Christ is here on earth. But the resurrection and ascension call us to have faith in something we cannot see.

Yet we believe. We are reminded through our liturgies and through our hymns & songs of the church that the ascended Christ is with God and with the whole church in every time and place. As we read and listen to the appointed readings this Easter season, we are reminded that Christ is with us, no matter what is to come, and we will not be alone. We are the family of God through Christ and the Holy Spirit to come. We are connected to one another in Christ. We are not alone.

Imagine yourself with Jesus and the disciples. Jesus reminds the disciples that they have seen what he can do. They are witnesses to his power. And now they are promised the Holy Spirit will come to be with them and that they should await the Spirit’s descent. Imagine that! Here is a vision of a benevolent leader, caring for his disciples and leaving them with quite a blessing as he departs!

By faith we believe that the risen Christ enters the invisible presence of God. Look around you now…where do you see the ascended Christ? He is not invisible. We see Christ in our scripture readings, and in communion, and during these times of the pandemic. I know for sure we see Christ in so many people. Christ lives in us…in our caring for one another…in our new ways to worship….in our sorrows…in our anxieties…in our loneliness…in our rejoicing…in our jobs…in our learning…and in every time and place. Christ is with us.

Continue to look for Christ wherever you may be. And share Christ’s peace with the grocery store clerk, the people who collect your trash, the delivery people, recent college graduates and soon to be high school graduates, and your child’s teacher. Remember to pray for our outdoor ministry sites such as Camp Calumet. And be good to yourself. You belong to the family of God. You are beloved.

Go in peace, Calumet Nation!
~Judy Hakanson Smith, Director of Family & Adult Programs

Prayers of Intercession**

From our homes, let us join with Christians around the globe asking God to receive our prayers.

A brief silence.

O God, your might upholds the cosmos, and your mercy sustains the universe. To you, enthroned on high and enthroned in our hearts, we pray: That the church be enlivened to be the body of Christ, that bishops and pastors lead with visionary wisdom, and that all the baptized be witnesses to your mercy and might,

we pray to you, good Lord.

That the earth be preserved from disastrous climate, that the animals and their young be safeguarded, and that the trees and bushes be protected for their fruit and beauty,

we pray to you, good Lord.

That wars between nations and violence within each population cease, that the leaders of nations enact justice for their people, and that legislators be granted wisdom for their difficult decisions,

we pray to you, good Lord.

That those with coronavirus be healed, that those facing death be comforted, that those returning to society remain healthy, that physicians and nurses be granted endurance, that hospitals be equipped for their work, that researchers discover a vaccine, and that future waves of illness be averted,

we pray to you, good Lord.

That the poor be fed and clothed and housed, that the unemployed find jobs, and that those we name before you receive health and wholeness. . .

we pray to you, good Lord.

That teachers be preserved in their care of our youth, That scientists be supported in their exploration of your creation, And that theologians assist us in receiving the mysteries of the Ascension,

we pray to you, good Lord.

That our private sorrows and joys be welcomed by you,
Keep a time of silence.

we pray to you, good Lord.

That we laud your presence in the word, and that at the end we join with all the saints in your everlasting kingdom,

we pray to you, good Lord.

O God, in you we live and move and have our being.Receive our prayers for the sake of Jesus Christ, crucified, risen, ascended for us, and reigning in your glory now and forever.

Amen

BLESSING*

May the One who brought forth Jesus from the dead
raise you to new life,
fill you with hope,
and turn your mourning into dancing.
Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit,
bless you now and forever.
Amen

Sending song


God’s Work, Our Hands

By Dave Piper, Used with Permission
When the Spirit moves us,
to reach out and to care,
to lend a helping hand,
to right a wrong that isn’t fair,
when we speak up for the voiceless,
come together and take a stand,
we can do God’s work but it’s our hands.

Chorus:

This is God’s work, but it’s our hands,
rollin’ up our sleeves, saying “Yes we can!”
This is God’s work, but it’s our hands,
working together here to make, a better land.


When we look out for each other,
Make a meal for a friend,
Notice something’s broken,
that is some way we can mend.
We become the Spirit,
we become Christ’s plan.
we can do God’s work but it’s our hands.

Bridge:

And if I had a hammer,
the tools to let love shine,
God’s Spirit can move mountains,
one grain of sand at a time!
God gave me abundance,
when he sent his only Son,
But the story doesn’t end there,
there’s still work to be done.
Here is the church, here is the steeple,
neither mean anything
without the work of the people!

Dismissal*

Christ is risen, just as he said.
Go in peace along the way.
Keep washing your hands.
Share the good news.
Pray for one another. Alleluia!
Thanks be to God. Alleluia!
*Adapted from sundaysandseasons.com.
©2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SAS006505.

**https://blogs.elca.org/worship/2231/


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